Ferial Haffajee Biography

Ferial Haffajee was born on 20th February 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a South African journalist and newspaper editor. She is the Editor-at-large of The Huffington Post, South Africa.

Ferial Haffajee was the first black female editor of a national newspaper in South Africa. Haffajee is an advocate for press freedom and women’s empowerment.

Ferial Haffajee Education Background

She matriculated from Bosmont High School and went on to study Law at Witwatersrand University for two years but dropped it and ended up studying English and African Literature and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ferial Haffajee Career

After graduation she worked at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits but left to work for the Weekly Mail as a trainee journalist. After two years of working at the Weekly Mail, Ferial turned to broadcast journalism and ended up at the SABC in 1991.

In 1994, she joined the Financial Mail of which she was eventually appointed the Managing Editor in 2002. Then in 2003, she was appointed Associated Editor of the Mail and Guardian and eventually became Editor in 2004. She was the first female editor of a major newspaper in South Africa. After five successful years at the helm, she resigned in 2009 to become the editor of the City Press.

She honed her journalism skills by “being thrown in at the deep end” on the Mail and Guardian, then “a small, campaigning and very poor newspaper”. As a reporter and later as an editor she has pushed at investigative journalism and has uncovered major stories, winning a number of awards. She was part of a group of journalists who helped to bring in media freedom in the last years of apartheid.

In addition to editing City Press, Haffajee also sits on the board of the International Press Institute and the World Editors Forum. In South Africa she chairs the ethics and diversity committee of the National Editors Forum, which she sees as part of a role to “help train the next generation of women leaders in the media”.

Ferial Haffajee Age

She was born on 20th February 1967.

Professional Positions

  • December 2016 – Present: Editor-at-large of The Huffington Post, South Africa.
  • 2011 – Present: Board Member of the International Press Institute.
  • 2013: Speaker, Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention.
  • 2009 – November 2016: Editor in Chief of the City Press.
  • 2004 – 2009: Editor of the Mail and Guardian.
  • 1997 – 2004: Senior Editor of the Financial Mail.
  • 1991: Trainee Journalist at Weekly Mail.

Ferial Haffajee Books

  • What If There Were No Whites in South Africa?
  • Real Beauty Jodi Bieber

One of the things she has done to champion a range of voices is edit two books. She conceived and edited the Little Black Book, South Africa’s comprehensive book of black leaders across the country. She is also editor of the annual Book of South African women, which features 300 leaders across the private, public and civil society sector, from architects to teachers to engineers to political activists.

Ferial Haffajee Awards

  • Top Woman in Media, MTN & The Media Magazine
  • Women of the Year for Media, Shoprite/Checkers
  • Sanlam Economic Reporting Finalist
  • Magazine Journalism, Mondi Awards
  • Sanlam Economic Reporting

Ferial Haffajee Membership

  • Board member of the International Womens Media Foundation,
  • Board member of the World Editors Forum.
  • Board member of the International Press Institute
  • Board member of the Inter Press Service.

Ferial Haffajee Husband

Her husband is Paul Stober who is the deputy editor and political editor of the Mail and Guardian.


Ferial Haffajee
Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee Contact Details

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Ferial Haffajee Religion

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